The Cowboys limped by a brutal 2020 season to miss out on the postseason bracket with an embarrassing 6-10 document. The consolation prize? The tenth total steal in the upcoming draft, the ultimate opportunity to contend with any one of the obtrusive holes on the historically-sinful protection that place them in that region to begin with.
Catch any position on that side of the ball, and Dallas might undoubtedly exhaust an elite college prospect. So for the personnel to be even fascinated by the exhaust of their high first-spherical selection on an offensive player, he’d have to be something in actual fact special.
Howdy, Kyle Pitts.
At least, that’s what with regards to every draftnik on the planet is telling you appropriate now: that the 20-12 months-conventional tight stay out of Florida is a- flinch and voice it with me- “generational expertise.”
Pitts showed off each his physique and expertise at the Gators’ Professional Day on Wednesday, and regarded to live up to the hype.
Florida TE Kyle Pitts is freakishly constructed.
Professional measurements from his Professional Day, by @JimNagy_SB:
– Top: 6’5 5/8”
– Weight: 245
– Hand dimension: 10 5/8 🤯
– Arm: 33 4/8
– Wingspan: 83 3/8 🤯🤯
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 31, 2021
That wingspan alone ought to elevate some eyebrows, severely in Dallas, where the Cowboys led the NFL in dropped passes closing season.
Kyle Pitts has a longer wingspan than any WR or TE in the NFL (83 3/8″) in the closing 20 years 🤯
Breaking DK Metcalf’s document 👀 pic.twitter.com/CTt8U0sEMT
— PFF (@PFF) March 31, 2021
Nonetheless Pitts can flat-out cruise, too, as evidenced by his 40-yard-flee time.
He honest appropriate ran a 4.44u. ⏱🔥
— NFL (@NFL) March 31, 2021
Skeptics will indicate that, because the slip came at the college’s Professional Day, that 4.44 time is unofficial and might therefore be judged somewhat warily. (Dwelling discipline, familiar playing surface, controlled conditions, friendly timers, etc.) Nonetheless the numbers stamp that, for whatever reason, the stopwatches in Gainesville are if fact be told somewhat on the sluggish side.
Dating again to 2011, Florida gamers slip 0.5% SLOWER at their pro day than the combine.
Generally colleges have faster surfaces for professional days than Indy, but now not Florida. So it is fine game to study Kyle Pitts’ incredible time to the best 40s at previous combines https://t.co/Mhazg6XyMg
— Ryan McCrystal (@Ryan_McCrystal) March 31, 2021
Expertise evaluator Warren Appealing compares the Florida tight stay’s 40 time to those of Calvin Johnson and Mike Evans.
Notorious draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. calls Pitts, simply, “my highest graded tight stay EVER.”
Nonetheless does that imply he’s price a top-ten steal?
There are those that argue that taking a lawful stay- any tight stay- that early in the principal spherical is insanity, horrid and clear-sever. Nonetheless NFL history is plagued by first-spherical tight ends, and whereas some grew to become out to be busts, many are among the sport’s all-time greats.
Mike Ditka, Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow, Tony Gonzalez, Jeremy Shockey, Dallas Clark, Vernon Davis, Greg Olsen: all first-rounders.
Since 1961, 62 tight ends have been chosen in the principal spherical. That’s better than one per 12 months, on reasonable. In 1970, 1973, 1978, 2002, and 2017, three tight ends came off the board in the principal spherical. Heck, in 2019, there were two from the equal school.
The Cowboys have gone tight stay in the principal spherical three occasions. In 1973, they took Billy Joe Dupree out of Michigan State at 20. In 1984’s supplemental USFL draft, they picked Todd Fowler from Stephen F. Austin at 25. And in 1997, they conventional the 22nd steal on LSU’s David LaFleur.
Nonetheless there’s a noticeable difference, some will voice, between taking a lawful stay in the mid-20s and the exhaust of a top ten steal on one.
That’s came about 16 occasions since 1961, so it’s now not exceptional. Most lately, the Lions conventional the No. 8 steal on Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson two years previously. Ditka, Riley Odoms, Ken McAfee, Kyle Brady, Ricky Dudley, Kellen Winslow Jr., and the aforementioned Davis were additionally top-ten selections.
So a lawful stay coming off the board interior the principal ten picks is unprecedented from current. Really, Pitts’s collegiate physique of work and the meteoric rise to his draft stock over the final few weeks counsel that he might now not even be there when the Cowboys catch themselves on the clock at 10.
Nonetheless if he is, raise out the Cowboys chunk? It would near down to the age-conventional debate of drafting for want versus taking the best player on hand.
Making an attempt to shore up the protection with a Patrick Surtain II or a Jaycee Horn appears to be like just like the easy and logical play, at least taking a thought totally at 2021. The Cowboys offense is already loaded, appropriate?
Maybe now not relatively as unprecedented after 2021, when Michael Gallup’s contract is up. Gallup’s expertise are horrid, and he’s constructed an excellent highlight reel of acrobatic and contested catches in his four seasons as a Cowboy. Nonetheless as his rating among the league’s wideouts improves, common sense bookkeeping says this would well be very sophisticated for the membership to have adequate money to consume Gallup after his rookie deal expires.
The passion in Pitts shouldn’t be any knock on Blake Jarwin or Dalton Schultz; each Cowboys tight ends have played superbly and can positively continue to raise out so. Nonetheless all indications are that the Florida junior is mainly special, that he has the abilities and tools to surpass them on the depth chart appropriate now.
He would give a boost to the tight stay position on Day One, and he would become unprecedented more precious ought to Gallup leave after this season. And any length of time that Gallup and Pitts each occur to be on the equal discipline as Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb? With Dak Prescott throwing?? That’s honest appropriate video-game ridiculousness.
ESPN’s Todd McShay has stated of Pitts, “You doubtlessly can play him in-line, it is likely you’ll well be in a position to place him in the slot, it is likely you’ll well be in a position to exhaust him as a wide receiver. And then, after the catch, this man, he is special.”
Special adequate to ward off on a badly-predominant defensive stud? Special adequate to consume at 10? Special adequate that someone else jumps up and grabs him earlier?
All of it stays to be seen and can continue to be a principal storyline heading into draft day.
To take a look at Cowboys Wire’s scouting profile on Pitts, stir right here.